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I received my Voigtlander 28mm OVF today, and I've been loosely testing it around the house shooting at different distances. First of all, the Voigtlander 28 and 35 OVFs are similar in build quality and optics. The 28 obviously has less magnification and a lower eye point, since it is wider, but they are both pretty high quality and bright. Both are worlds better than my Olympus VF-1 in terms of build, brightness, framelines and distortion.
The frustrating part is that, while the Voigtlander 35 is too narrow and adds a lot of "air," seemingly being calibrated to the RX1 at around .5m (with distortion correction on,) the Voigtlander 28 is too wide, and it even cuts a little bit off of the side of the frame at 5m. I made sure that distortion correction was turned off, and it still cuts some of the frame.
That being said, the 28 OVF cuts off less of the frame than the 35 OVF adds, so it's an interesting dilemma. Would I rather have a noticeable amount of the frame cut off up close, a little bit cut off at mid-distance, and a things just about right at infinity...or, would I rather have things right at .5M, with more and more "air" being added as the distance increases? Since I can easily crop in LR, I think I'm leaning towards the 35 OVF, but it's a tough call. I have to return the 28 OVF, anyways, because it has a slight tilt in the frame lines (not enough to affect my tests,) so I'll have to ponder it some more. Ugh.
Does anyone know if the official Zeiss OVF is even slightly wider than the Voigtlander 35 OVF? It may be the goldilocks OVF, after all, but I really don't want to spend the money on it.
edit: After looking at some more files, I'm thinking maybe it will be the 28 OVF. Man, if it was a 30mm OVF, it would be perfect.